I agree.i grew up in Boston,which had a good "Hardcore-Straight Edge" scene.The hardcore bands were better than the Oi (which influenced the american hardcore scene)I think the Oi bands were too "amatuerish".That false idea that punks couldn't(or shouldn't) play well, which was not true of the first wave of punk.
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Thanks man. How are the innersleeves of thoss JTG Harringtons? Polyster or that tartan lining like the cheap ones?
For those that like a few choons when browsing, might I suggest:
Obviously, i favour Traditional Reggae - currently listening to The Skatalites with 'Lucky Seven' - but there's something for everyone on the menu.
Not sure if this is of interest (and 'The Firm' may be aware anyway) but I'll post it because of an original mentioning the London bovver boys of the 1890's in some interview; as in his grandparents telling him skinheads were nothing new, even back then. I couldn't find anything on the net regarding the Londoners but the northern equivalent can be found here:
Yes, the fashions were very distinctive. The Scuttlers’ haircut was described as a ‘donkey fringe’: hair cropped very closely at the back and sides but with long fringes at the front that were longer on the left hand side than the right. They also wore neckerchiefs which might vary in pattern or colour and that would be used to denote membership of a particular gang: there are a few surviving photos in which the neckerchiefs look, ironically, very like modern day Burberry! The Scuttlers also wore bell-bottom trousers and, though many adults at the time wore clogs in Manchester, the Scuttlers’ clogs had a brass tip on the end. They would have made quite a clatter on the cobbles.
The gangs had a distinctive dress code of long ‘donkey’ fringes, neckerchiefs, pointed clogs and caps tilted back on the head. The clothes and accessories immediately identified the scuttler as such, but also had their violent functions, as the scuttlers’ belts, with their large buckles, doubled up as weapons in fights. Whilst the fashions were common to all scuttler groups, place was the most distinctive influence in the shaping of scuttler identity and relationships between gangs.
This is very cool to see.Tanx for posting this.The dynamic of inner city youth is always the same.Don't matter if it's gangs in the Five Points slum of New York City mid 19 century or zoot suited chicanos in LA in the 1940's.Big Up to Alex for this.
This is so interesting regarding Victorian gangs, Gangs of up to 500, This could only happen in real communities, even though they had fcuk all, they had Community, On the Council estates of the 40s50s60s you had community, Once the White working classes moved out to the suburbs and the estates was taken over by immigrants from all over the World, The White working classes was destroyed. I work in Social housing where 90% of tenants are Asylum seekers/ Refugees. the other 10% are the White and West Indian Underclass. that have been left behind. The Estates are made up of fragmented Peoples who have nothing in common not even the same language to communicate in. Here in London its like the White working classes have been exterminated. You just never see them.
Same thing has happened in New York City.It's become too expensive for working class people to live there anymore.
I have a friend who has - should anyone be interested - a business in the old 'Ragged School' there, in Ancoats.
If any of our 'colonial cousins' (joke boys and girls) want to visit, I can sort that out for you.
The boss, an Indian Sikh, is Jaz, a really good mate, very trendy, very mod (bless)and is a good guy... see here, eh?
Like our London chums in the old East End - and, dare I say it: where the Skinhead movement had it's roots (spit ), the area was all immigrants... that's life and we move on.
BTW - Jaz's gaffe: http://www.gjcreative.co.uk/
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It seems to me that Weller's latest fashion trend is Suedehead,Smoothie,Northern Soul.He went from Mod(w/the Jam)Then went backwards to the early Jazz,European Mod(w/the Style Council).And now he moved beyond Mod/Skinhead.He seems early 70's.
The mainstream media knows that if they "advertise" a subculture,said subculture will become castrated,meaning the end of said subculture.It happens every time.
I have spoke about this before, No never heard of Baracuta in the 60s, We wore Sky Jump Harrington's I had a conversation with John Simons years ago when i bought a Baracuta off him, I said you never sold these in the Ivy/Squire shop in the 60s, He said he did ?? But i know he did not sell them, The Baracuta has that awful ribbed cloth on the collar that the Harrington we wore did not have, if anyone wore a Baracuta in the 60s they would probably have had the piss taken outta them, just because they looked different.
In saying that i have had a few Barracuta's in the past.. and have Two at the moment.
Talking about Baracuta.In the late 70's early 80's,growing up outside Boston Ma.The style was what we called preppy(ivy league)we wore Levi's denim and chords.Chinos.Lacoste Polo's,pin striped button down shirts AND Baracutas.I always wore Clarks desert boots(unlike my peers)When I saw what the 2 Tone folks was wearing I realised much of the clothes we had was similar to 2 tone.Although I was the only kid in school who knew about 2 tone(my peers were into Journey and the like)
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